What does a sustainable energy system look like? How might renewable energy provide a much greater proportion of our energy needs in the coming decades? Which technologies and designs for the various renewable energy sources will we rely on to help us decarbonise our energy systems and maintain a secure supply of affordable electricity and heat? In this module you'll explore these questions by systematically reviewing the eight main renewable energy technologies. With the help of study guides, you will develop your ability to apply this knowledge practically ? especially for solar thermal, solar photovoltaic and wind.
The EU has set ambitious targets for both renewable energy and carbon reduction, but the UK has been reluctant to sign up to new targets beyond 2020. How does the UK Government plan to tackle this problem and what targets is it considering?
Energy policy in Scotland has been following a different path to the rest of the UK since devolution. How is Scotland's energy policy different, what factors have contributed to this and what impact could independence have on the Scottish renewable energy sector?
Contributors include; Charles Hendry MP, Former UK Minister of State for Energy; Dr Nicola McEwen, Academy of Government, University of Edinburgh; Niall Stuart, Scottish Renewables; Marco Biagi, SNP MSP for Edinburgh Central; and Dr Alistair Martin, Flexitricity.
As the world responds to climate change, we explore whether sustainable energy can satisfy our need for endless economic growth, without radical changes in the way we live. This album examines power sources which provide cleaner alternatives to fossil fuels, such as wind power, biomass, hydro power, wave and tidal power, solar and geothermal power. The nine video tracks introduce the different approaches adopted in Britain and across Europe, the challenges faced and the projects of the future. This material forms part of S278, Earth's physical resources: origin, use and environmental impact.